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PFD Queer Fiction Prize 2022

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Closing date: 
1 March 2022
Entry: 
Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who is un-agented and in the process of writing a piece of fiction is eligible to enter. No entry fee
Prize: 
Three category winners will receive representation at PFD and guidance for completing their novel

PFDRepresents authors of fiction and non-fiction, children's writers, screenwriters, playwrights, documentary makers, technicians, presenters and public speakers throughout the world. Has 85 years of international experience in all media. PDF now have a POD section. Some good advice for those seeking a representative. are running a Queer Fiction Prize in 2022 for new LGBTQIA+ writers to find emerging talent. Winners will be signed to PFD and supported in writing to the end of their novels. There are three separate categories for Adult, YA and Children's fiction, and judging alongside the agents will be two PFD authors.

Adult Fiction Prize:

Judged by Okechukwu Nzelu and agent Cara Lee Simpson. Accepting fiction samples for upmarket and literary fiction across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

YA Fiction Prize:

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting YA fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Children's Fiction Prize:

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting middle grade (aimed at readers aged 8-12) and chapter books (aimed at readers aged 6-8) fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who is un-agented and in the process of writing a piece of fiction is eligible to enter. Submissions do not necessarily have to be about LGBTQIA+ experiences as long as the writer identifies as such, though we are especially interested in stories with LGBTQIA+ characters or themes.

Works do not need to be complete as the prize will be representation at PFD and support in writing to the end of your novel.

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Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry 2021

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Closing date: 
31 January 2022
Entry: 
Open to all poets from across the world Entry fee: first submission £7 then £4 for each additional poem.
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000, with an additional £500 prize for the ‘Best Poem of Landscape' sponsored by the AONB family. In addition the winner will receive a residency (location to be confirmed).

Open to all poets of 18 and over from all over the world. Poems don't need to address a specific theme, but should in some way - thematically, structurally, linguistically or formally - investigate ecology, the environment, or the relationship between human culture and the natural world.


Our Judges

The judges are Camille T Dungy, Anna Selby and Sara Hudston

The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time.

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2021 Manchester Writing Competition

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Closing date: 
28 January 2022
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world. Entry fee for both prizes £18
Prize: 
Two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country's most successful writing school. The Competition was established in 2008 by Carol Ann Duffy (UK Poet Laureate 2009-19) and has awarded more than £195,000 to writers. Each year two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of 3-5 poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story up to 2,500 words. Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, the competition is open internationally to new and established writers.

Poetry Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 28 January 2022

Judges: Malika Booker (chair) with Romalyn Ante and Zaffar Kunial

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Fiction Prize: £10,000

Entry fee: £18 Deadline for Entries: 28 January 2022

Judges: Nicholas Royle (chair) with Hilaire and Simon Okotie

£10,000 prize for the best short story of up to 2,500 words. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

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The Selfies Book Awards UK 2022

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Closing date: 
3 January 2022
Entry: 
Authors who have self-published adult fiction, children’s books or adult memoirs/autobiography in the UK between January and December 2021. Entry fee: £30 per title to include a six-month subscription to Bookbrunch
Prize: 
£750 cash prize for each category plus other prizes

Now in its fourth year, the 'hugely popular' Selfies book awards - powered by UK trade journal BookBrunch - have opened and will again reward three categories of self-published books: adult autobiography/memoir, adult fiction and children's books.

Sponsored by IngramSpark® and supported by the London Book Fair and Nielsen Book, these awards recognise one of the fastest growing parts of the book market. Submissions are now welcomed, and the closing date will be Monday 3rd January 2022.

Shortlists will be announced at the end of February, and the Selfies Awards for 2022 in all three categories will be announced at the London Book Fair Author HQ in April next year.

All titles submitted need to have been published in English in the UK between January and December 2021. Entries will be accepted only from authors based in the UK who are predominantly or exclusively self-published - ie, where the author acts as the publisher/creative director.

Originally launched in the UK in 2018, the awards seek to uncover new talent and reward the very best self-published authors each year.The Selfies Book Awards are judged on the following criteria:

  • A fantastic story that entertains and delights the reader
  • A well produced book
  • An enticing cover and blurb that successfully addresses the target audience
  • An effective and creative marketing and publicity strategy that has the potential to achieve great sales

Prizes:

The winners in each category receive a cash prize of £750, a profile in BookBrunch, a winners certificate and other publishing opportunities and packages from our sponsors and supporters. Shortlisted authors receive free entry to the London Book Fair, and the LBF Author HQ.

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The National Poetry Competition 2021

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Closing date: 
31 October 2021
Entry: 
Open to anyone 18 or over from all over the world to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £7 for first entry, £4 for subsequent entries
Prize: 
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, 7 Commendations £200

The National Poetry CompetitionAnnual poetry prize run by the UK-based Poetry Society established in 1978; accepts entries from all over the world; over 10,000 poems submitted each year

The 2021 National Poetry Competition is one of the world's most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone internationally who is 18 or over. It is judged anonymously and has been won by celebrated poets and by newcomers.

Ten Prizes

First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Commendations: £200

Judges

Fiona Benson, David Constantine and Rachel Long

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021

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Closing date: 
27 September 2021
Entry: 
Open to all poets internationally for unpublished poems. Entry fee £5/€6/$7 per poem
Prize: 
1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £1,000 and 3rd Prize £500 plus 20 commendeds

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2021

Judged by John McAuliffe and Linda Gregerson

First prize £2,000
Second prize £1,000
Third prize £500
plus 20 commendeds

Submit via e-mail, not by post, by 27 September 2021

Judges will read all poems submitted

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Chicken House Open Coop

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Closing date: 
20 September 2021
Entry: 
Open to writers of children’s novels for 7 up including YA. No entry fee
Prize: 
Mentoring

24-hour open submissions period window will be open on 20 September only

The day is for finished or unfinished novels for children aged 7 up to (and including) YA, and offers the chance to gain mentorship from a member of the editorial team.

Writers selected for the last Open Coop include Alison Weatherby (The Secrets Act) and Sabine Adeyinka (Jummy at the River School), both of whom went on to sign publishing contracts with Chicken House and are publishing in January 2022.

In a statement Chicken House described how the process works:

'Our editorial team (consisting of Rachel Leyshon, Barry Cunningham and Kesia Lupo) will pick their favourite submissions to receive feedback and mentoring. We'd love to help writers develop their idea or draft into a fully-fledged children's novel with expert editorial input.

'Submissions are open for one day only - 20th Sept 2021. Full details on what and how to submit, along with FAQs, can be found at chickenhousebooks.com.

'Although we encourage submissions of children's and YA novels of all themes and subjects, here are a few ‘wish lists' from our three editors ...

'Barry loves an animal story, he still believes in the special magic between children and creatures wild and (apparently) familiar!

'Kesia is particularly interested in YA horror, thrillers and suspense - especially if the author and characters are from underrepresented groups. A strong romantic subplot would be a bonus!

'Rachel would especially like to see more stories about disability, and stories (about anything) written by authors with disabilities.'

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021

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Closing date: 
31 August 2021
Entry: 
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18
Prize: 
£2,500 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 15th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

The Short Fiction and Poetry winners have gone to achieve widespread acclaim, including nominations for the T. S. Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. The prize attracts thousands of entries each year from across the world and is an outstanding resource to discover the best new voices in creative writing.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with an increase in prize money to £2,500. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18

Submissions close 31 August 2021

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James Berry Poetry Prize

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Closing date: 
1 July 2021
Entry: 
Open to poets of colour, who are UK residents who have not yet published a book-length collection, special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. No entry fee.
Prize: 
3 equal winners each to receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books

PRIZE: 3 equal winners each to receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books
The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist young and/or emerging poets of colour with mentoring to help them develop their work, followed by publication of their debut book-length collection with Bloodaxe Books. Devised by Bernardine Evaristo, OBE, and Nathalie Teitler, the prize is modelled on The Complete Works mentoring programme previously supported by Arts Council England.

The prize is free to enter. It is open to poets of colour, who are UK residents (permanently reside in the UK: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man) who have not yet published a book-length collection, with special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. It is the first national poetry prize to include both mentoring and book publication.

A panel of judges will choose three equal winning poets. Each year the winning poets will be invited to take part in an annual James Berry Poetry Prize reading as part of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts events series.
The prize is generously funded this year by Arts Council England.

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Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award 2021

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Closing date: 
1 July 2021
Entry: 
Writers writing in English and resident within the British Commonwealth and Eire, who have not yet published or self-published a full-length book No entry fee
Prize: 
First Prize £10,000, runners-up £1,000

Applications for the 2021 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award are now invited.

Submissions can be made until 1 July 2021.

The judges of the 2021 DRF Writers Award will be Colm Tóibín (Chair), Deepa Anappara, Anna James and Ingrid Persaud. They will announce the shortlist of three in November 2021 and the Award will be presented in London on 7th December 2021.

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work.

Submissions

  • Applicants may not be under contract to any publisher for any work or title in any language.
  • Applications are open to writers who have not previously published a full-length book of their own prose writing (including self-published or published on-line) excluding a collection of their own poetry. They may have published short prose writing within a magazine/anthology.
  • Submissions should be accompanied with a brief synopsis and biographical note.
  • Longlisted authors will be offered an editorial consultation with an agent at RCW.

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The Moth Short Story Prize 2021

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Closing date: 
30 June 2021
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 16. Entry fee €15 per story
Prize: 
1st prize €3,000, 2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend, 3rd prize €1,000

The Moth Short Story Prize is an important date on the literary calendar. Every year, a single judge is asked to choose three winning stories to feature in the autumn issue of The Moth.

This year's judge is award-winning story writer and novelist writer Ali Smith.

1st prize €3,000
2nd prize week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend
3rd prize €1,000

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. There is a word limit of 5,000.

The entry fee is €15 per story. Closing 30 June 2021.

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The 2021 Page Turner Awards

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Closing date: 
30 May 2021
Entry: 
Open to all writers over 18. Entry fees £20 for entries received by 28 February and £30 after that
Prize: 
£10,000 prize fund

New Writing and Book Awards Aims to Change Writing Careers

The Page Turner Awards were created to change writing careers with success stories from the most impressive first 10 pages submitted.

Five different awards aim to help writers and authors to get discovered with possible literary agency representation and potentially taking a published book from page to film.

The Page Turner Writing Award offers writers and authors the chance to enter the first 10 pages of a completed, unpublished fiction or non-fiction manuscript, where a group of literary agents will read the work with a chance to get it published. Submissions are open until 30 May.

The Five awards include:

The Writing Award

Young Writer Award

Screenplay Award

Writing Mentorship

Book Award

The award welcomes both emerging writers and all genres for fiction and non-fiction from any English-speaking country across the world.

The prestigious judging panel, made up of successful award-winning authors, literary agents and publishers, is looking for vivid, cinematic writing with captivating characters and unique voices.

Winners of the Writing Award may receive representation by a literary agent.

The £10K prize fund includes a wide range  of prizes.

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